Scotland Yard has joined a general outcry in Britain against American presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s remarks over a ban on Muslims entering the US.
As part of his controversial statement, the billionaire tycoon had said that police officers in London were afraid for their lives because some areas were so radicalised.
“We would not normally dignify such comments with a response. However, we think it’s important to state that Trump could not be more wrong,” a Metropolitan Police statement said.
The UK’s largest police force also offered Trump a briefing “on the reality of policing London”.
On Monday, the Republican presidential hopeful said that none of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims should be allowed into America because they “want to blow up our country”.
“We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives,” the 69-year-old leader told a TV show.
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the comments as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
London mayor Boris Johnson added: “Crime has been falling steadily both in London and in New York. The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
A parliamentary petition calling on the government to ban Trump from entering the UK under “hate speech” rules had reached crossed over 100,000 signatures.
Passing the 100,000 mark meant the petition had to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
However, pressed in the Commons today for a response to the demand for a ban on Trump entering Britain, UK Chancellor George Osborne dismissed the notion.
“The best way to confront the views of someone like Donald Trump is to engage in a robust democratic argument with him about why he is profoundly wrong about the contribution of American Muslims and indeed British Muslims. That is the best way to deal with Donald Trump and his views rather than trying to ban presidential candidates,” he said.
Trump’s comments followed the killings of 14 people in California by a couple after the wife apparently pledged allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS).